Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macroptera. Body brown to dark brown, tarsi and antennal segment III yellow, IV paler than V; fore wings light brown with base sharply paler. Antennae 8-segmented; segment I with paired dorso-apical setae; segments III–IV with apex forming short neck, sensorium forked; V with sensorium base circular, VI with sensorium base expanded. Head wider than long; 3 pairs of ocellar setae present; pair III anterior to hind ocelli, shorter than side of ocellar triangle; postocular setae small, close to posterior margin of eyes. Pronotum with 1 pair of long posteroangular setae; posterior margin with 4 pairs of setae. Fore tibia with two recurved tubercles at apex, ventrally and laterally. Metanotum reticulate, campaniform sensilla present; median setae arise at anterior margin. Mesofurca with spinula. Fore wing first and second veins with complete row of setae; clavus with 5 veinal setae and one discal seta. Tergites without sculpture medially; VIII with group of irregular microtrichia anterior to spiracle, posteromarginal comb represented by a few microtrichia laterally. Sternites without discal setae, VII with median setae arising in front of margin.

Male macroptera. Similar to female but smaller; mid tibia with claw at apex; tergites with sculpture lines medially, IX posterior margin with pair of stout, curved, setiform processes; sternites without pore plates, VI–VII with small lobe medially on posterior margin.

Related and similar species

Odontothripiella is an Australian genus that currently includes 18 described species, with several more undescribed species also known. The genus shares many character states with Megalurothrips, in particular the presence of a pair of small setae dorsally at the apical margin of the first antennal segment. The females of O. sica cannot be distinguished from females of several other species in this genus including O. australis, but the males have a pair of distinctive, slightly curved processes on the ninth tergite, and sternites VI–VII bear a small and translucent lobe on the posterior margin that is difficult to discern.

Distribution data

General distribution

Known only from Australia.

Australian distribution

New South Wales.

Biological data

Life History

Feeding and breeding in flowers.

Host plants

Various Fabaceae, including Dylwinnia ericifoliaIndigofera australisPultenaea stipularis.

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Odontothripiella sica Pitkin

Original name and synonyms

  • Odontothripiella sica Pitkin, 1972: 286


Pitkin BR. 1972. A revision of the Australian genus Odontothripiella Bagnall, with descriptions of fourteen new species (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 11: 265-289.

Oz thrips taxa